Survey Variable: Last Paid Employment

Respondents who indicated that they don’t do any hours of paid work on an average weekday (n = 493) were asked when they last had paid employment. As Figure 1 (above, using weighted data) shows, a majority of these respondents have not had work for at least five years (57.0%). A further two fifths (40.1%)Continue reading “Survey Variable: Last Paid Employment”

Survey Variable: Children in Household

The child status variable indicates how many children live in respondents’ households, and Figure 1 shows that almost three quarters (73.4%) of the weighted sample live in households with no children. This group includes both young people who may not have had children and old people who may have children who have left home (theContinue reading “Survey Variable: Children in Household”

Survey Variable: Household Size

The household size variable indicates how many people live in respondents’ households and Figure 1 shows that slightly more than two fifths (42.8%) of the weighted sample live in two-person households. Further, slightly below one fifth (19.0%) live in three-person households, whilst approaching one third reside in either one-person (16.3%) or four-person (14.6%) households. Together,Continue reading “Survey Variable: Household Size”

Survey Variable: Housing Status

The housing status variable indicates whether respondents own their homes outright or with a mortgage, or rent them from a local authority, private landlord, or housing association. Using weighted data, Figure 1 shows that around a third of respondents (33.6%) owned their homes outright whilst a further third (32.2%) are buying their homes. The remainingContinue reading “Survey Variable: Housing Status”

Survey Variable: Relationship Status

Figure 1 graphs the relationship status variable and shows that a plurality of respondents (45.5%) in the weighted sample are married, with the next largest group being the quarter of respondents (26.4%) who had never been married. There are no answers to be coded as missing values in the variable but it is helpful toContinue reading “Survey Variable: Relationship Status”

Survey Variable: Employment Status

The work status variable indicates the employment statuses of respondents and, as Figure 1 shows, those in full time employment constitute more than half (50.7%) of the weighted sample. Retired people are the second largest group and approach a quarter (23.6%) of respondents. This variable has fewer categories than education level so requires less simplification.Continue reading “Survey Variable: Employment Status”

Survey Variable: Education Level

The education level variable indicates the highest educational qualifications obtained by respondents. Weights are applied in Figure 1, which shows that the largest group is respondents with first degrees (21.1%), followed by those with A Levels or equivalent (15.2%) and those with GCSEs or equivalent (12.9%). Together, these groups constitute almost half (49.2%) of allContinue reading “Survey Variable: Education Level”